Family-run industrial gas major Messer has published its 2021 Corporate Responsibility Report, outlining its focus on using industrial gases and digitalisation to achieve climate goals, in addition to promoting gender parity within the company.

Harnessing the opportunities offered by digitalisation, Messer continues to minimise its carbon footprint by using technology such as fine-tuned control systems to handle energy consumption in its air separation units (ASUs). 

Although increasing its focus on reducing emissions, electricity shortages in Asia and a growth in sales saw the company’s CO2 emissions intensity stabilise at around 1.5 metric tonnes of CO2e (CO2-equivalent emissions) per €1,000 of sales revenue in 2021. 

Having already adopted the UN’s 17 Sustainable Development Goals back in 2019, Messer has this year begun measuring the indirect CO2 emissions of its production plants (Scope 2). 

Commenting on the company’s efforts to advance sustainability, Stefan Messer, third-generation shareholder, CEO, Messer SE & Co. KGaA, said, “Climate neutrality is a long-term journey that can only be undertaken as a team, together with all our stakeholders.” 

Other steps taken by the company include its efforts to advance clean hydrogen, the use of oxyfuel burners to reduce carbon emissions in manufacturing and strengthening the sustainability of food supply chains through food-grade gases. 

“At Messer, we not only work on our own processes, but also develop innovative solutions with our customers and business partners to face current as well as future challenges,” added Messer. 

In addition to achieving gender parity in its Supervisory Board in 2021, the company has increased the share of women in first and second management levels by 1%, reaching 25.1%. 

To help employees become aware of ‘unconscious biases’ towards others, the company has also established a mandatory and comprehensive international training programme, to be expanded later this year.

The full Corporate Sustainability Report 2021 is available to view here.